Good news – the vote in favor of the ban was unanimous! Your calls and emails made a difference. Be sure to thank your Wilmette Vilage Trustees when you see them Sunday at Going Green Matters.
Plastic bags, including newspaper sleeves and dry cleaning bags, may be recycled at local grocery stores all year round. Do not put any plastic bags in your recycling bin. They are NOT recyclable through our regular recycling service. Also, do not put your recyclables in plastic bags before adding them to your bin. The recyclables may be perceived as garbage and be trashed rather than recycled. (See complete list of types of bags on next page)
Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, which equates to approximately one million extra tons of trash per week. For great tips on reducing the amount of waste generated during the holiday season from entertaining, sending cards, giving gifts, and decorating, check out SWANCC’s holiday waste guidelines list from SWANCC (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County)
The easiest way to improve your gas milage is to never, ever idle. Remind friends and family members to turn off their cars if they will be stopped for more than 30 seconds. Do not let your car run while checking texts and emails. Don’t waste gas and money by idling!
The Park District is partnering with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to create habitat for migrating birds at Gillson Park. We’ll be adding flowering trees and shrubs, wildflowers, and native grasses within many new garden beds. The habitat will create a much-needed refuge for tired birds and many beautiful spaces for us to enjoy.
More than 20 community groups and hundreds of volunteers will be volunteering with the Ouilmette Foundation and Wilmette Park District the weekend of Sept 24-25 to help create habitat for migrating birds at Gillson.
This is a community-wide initiative involving many local groups as volunteers. Go Green Wilmette will be helping to put in thousands of native plants! No experience is necessary, just be willing to work hard and get dirty. Those of you with strength and stamina are especially needed to run a mechanical auger, so look for that option on the sign up page.
The entire Wilmette Community is invited to help this project come to life!We have thousands of plants to get into the ground, and many hands make short work. Come get your hands dirty, and help create something wonderful.
All garden beds are sponsored by local community groups who invite you to join them for one of the planting shifts.
Saturday, September 24th or Sunday, September 25th
Morning 9:00 to 12:00 or Afternoon 1:00 to 4:00
To help, click here , find the time and community group that you would like to work with and sign up.
Disposable coffee cups are not recyclable and our coffee habits are creating lots of unnecessary waste. Coffee frequently used to be served, and sometimes still is, in cups made of polystyrene. Most customers have become aware of the environmental problem due to polystyrene since it does not decompose and most coffee shops now serve their coffee in disposable paper cups. The problem is that these disposable paper cups have a plastic coating, this means that they also end up in a landfill. In addition, the paper making process requires the felling of trees and the use of a significant amount of water. On top of that, these paper cups often have plastic tops and cardboard sleeves which contribute to the waste. Whenever we use a product which can only be used once, we are contributing significantly to the unnecessary use of our natural resources and the excessiveness of our waste. One small thing that we all could do to help the health of our planet is to ask for or bring a reusable mug for our coffee. This little inconvenience to us could put a dent in the millions of paper cups that end up in landfills every year.
Recycling is complicated and every community has its own individual guidelines. The most important thing you can do is to check your community’s municipal website for information on its recycling program. In Wilmette, all the information is available on its recycling website which can be found here. Science Friday addressed the issue recently and answered many common questions about recycling, from what the numbers mean on the bottom of plastic containers to whether peanut butter containers need to be washed out. The program also offers an interesting short video about the recycling center in Brooklyn, New York which demonstrates how a big recycling center sorts through mixed recyclables . To find the Science Friday program , click here. We can all benefit from a better understanding of how to recycle properly.
If you do nothing, you will automatically revert to Com Ed as your provider and Com Ed does not offer a green power option. Opting to support renewable energy through your electrical provider is a great way to make a difference. There are a variety of sources for green power. One of those sources is MC2, our current provider. Learn more about their affordable green power option by clicking here.
One option is to get involved with the bird walks that are offered here in Wilmette and nearby. Go Green Wilmette is offering guided bird walks in Gillson Park every Sunday in May at 8 a.m. The bird walks are free and guided by knowledgeable birders. There are also bird walks offered by the Audubon Society, the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Evanston North Shore Bird Club. Please check their websites for locally offered walks. [Read more…]
There are lots of ways! Order small plates, eat local and seasonally, try the vegetarian option and take your own take-away container with you. Environmentally speaking, no leftovers are worth the plastic or Styrofoam take-away container plus the large plastic bag they are put in. So order less, share with a friend and bring your own container with you for leftovers.